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Reports Indicate 4 People Shot and Killed, Including 3 Children
CRAVEN COUNTY, N.C. — The North Carolina chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a part of Everytown for Gun Safety, released the following statement in response to recent reports that a mother and her three children were shot and killed last week in Vanceboro, N.C. Reports indicate that the shooter, who was the children’s father, is also dead.
“Once again, gun violence has ripped apart a family and community in North Carolina,” said Claire Kempner, volunteer leader with the North Carolina chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “There’s a lot we don’t yet know about this shooting, but we do know that all too often, easy access to guns makes domestic violence situations deadly for women and children. It’s time for lawmakers to address our gun violence crisis with common-sense gun laws, like extreme risk legislation to help remove guns from crisis situations.”
Research by Everytown for Gun Safety shows that this is at least the 225th mass shooting since January 2009 and the 2nd mass shooting this year. Everytown defines mass shootings as those in which four or more people are shot and killed, excluding the shooter. Sixty-one percent of all mass shootings between 2009 to 2018 took place entirely in private homes.
In an average year, 1,311 people are killed with guns in North Carolina, and firearms are the 2nd leading cause of death for children and teens in the state. Every day in the U.S. on average, 100 Americans are killed with guns, and hundreds more are shot and wounded.
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The U.S. gun homicide rate is 25 times higher than that of other high-income countries.
Grinshteyn, E. and Hemenway, D. “Violent Death Rates in the US Compared to Those of the Other High-income Countries, 2015.” Preventive Medicine. (2019). https://bit.ly/3kyfsSs